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John Vitale

October 23, 1973 — July 5, 2017

Minonk-John R. "Johnny" Vitale, 43, of Minonk, passed away at 11:54 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at OSF St. James Hospital in Pontiac, IL.

He was born October 23, 1973 in Mesa, AZ to John D. and Roberta "Bertie" Stuart Vitale. He first married Allyson McCollum and later married Shannon Halloran on September 29, 2012 in Wenona, IL. She survives.

Also surviving is his son Brodi Vitale of Atlanta, IL; step-daughter Hailey Higbie of Minonk; mother Bertie Soeder (Bob Bielby) of Lake Wildwood, IL; father John Vitale of Dana, IL; 3 sisters Jennifer (Daryl) Rinaldo and Renee (Bill) Baum both of Varna, IL; Robin (Beau) Hawkins of East Peoria, IL; grandparents John (Micky) Vitale of Peru, IL; Ollie Stuart of LaSalle, IL; several nieces and nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his step-father Wayne Soeder in 2005, two nieces, Katelyn and Ruby and his grandfather Robert Stuart in 1993.

Johnny worked as the body work man for several area auto shops. He was currently working for Uftring Automotive in Minonk. He did his apprenticeship at Heller Ford in El Paso and went on to work for Sons of Color in Wenona and Minonk Autobody. He had a passion for cars and was one of the best known autobody guys in the business.

Johnny was a jokester and always liked to have fun. He enjoyed camping and racing. He touched the lives of many and will be missed.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk. There will be no formal service. Cremation rites will be accorded.


JUL 11. 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

Ruestman-Harris - Minonk
775 North Chestnut Street
Minonk, IL 61760

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